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“The GFA was created to accept donations, encourage donations to support the arts in the community, and also to be the vehicle for which an arts center will be established.”
– Tim Vetang, Past GFA Board Vice President

“The GFA is a non-for-profit 501(C)(3) created in 2014 by a group of individuals who really felt a need to create an environment in Geneva putting a focus on the arts and to fund a community arts center. The future arts center will be the central point in Geneva for the different arts and will offer artistic services to the community.”
– Larry Johnson, Past GFA board member and artist

Board

GFA Board of Directors

The Geneva Foundation for the Arts is managed by a Board of Directors. Today, that board is comprised of the following members:

Doug Holzrichter, President

Doug Holzrichter joined Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in 2018 and is a lifelong Geneva Resident.  After graduating from Geneva Community High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University. Doug recently retired after his 43-year career as an architect where he was a firm principal / owner for many years. He managed a variety of projects with an expertise in recreation, aquatic and golf clubhouse projects. His interest in aquatic design led him to writing a planning guide titled “The Complete Aquatic Planner – Just Add Water”.

As Doug was in the process of retiring, he got the itch to build a vacation home in Michigan, which was completed in 2020. He and his wife, Elaine, also a lifelong Geneva resident, have been married since 1975. They have two children and four grandchildren. Doug’s hobbies include art, gardening, golf, and motorcycles.

Tim Nelson, Vice President

Tim Nelson was born and raised in Geneva. After attending Geneva High School, he earned his Master of Architecture Degree from The University of Michigan. Tim worked for several years for a couple different architecture firms while pursuing his license to practice in Illinois. Once acquired, he started his own practice in Geneva in 2005.

Specializing in residential architecture, Tim has had a hand in designing many additions and new homes in the area. His commercial projects, while fewer in number, have also been a distinctive part of his practice.

Tim’s many interests besides architecture include gardening, reading, and working with volunteer organizations. Tim is a member of Geneva Lion’s Club, Geneva Community Chest, and Geneva Beautification. He joined the Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in 2019.

Judith Hicks, Treasurer

Judith Hicks has a long history of artistic involvement, from creating her own works through various photographic processes, to volunteering in the art community. She and her family have lived in numerous communities all over the United States and have sought those with a vibrant, active art scene. They consider themselves very fortunate to have become Geneva residents several years ago.

Judith’s experience volunteering in the arts began when her daughter was in elementary school. Through a program developed by the Dayton Museum of Art in Dayton, OH, volunteers were trained to work in the elementary schools supplementing art education. With her interest piqued, she attended Sinclair Community College and earned a Certificate of Arts Administration. While in Dayton, she worked with the Dayton Visual Arts Center and the Sinclair Community College galleries, assisting in hanging shows and exhibits, along with acting as assistant to the jurors for art shows, and was an active participant assisting the Visual Arts Center’s annual art auction. After relocating to Indianapolis, IN, she trained as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. While her daughter was in high school Carmel, IN, Judith was a busy volunteer with the award-winning high school choir department. As her daughter performed with the show choir, Judith was backstage creating and developing costume wardrobes, and helping to coordinate many performances. With her move to Erie, PA, she became a volunteer educator at the Erie Museum of Art, giving interactive tours to school children along with assisting to hang juried and non-juried shows. She was a regular volunteer on gallery nights.  Along with her volunteer activity in the art world, Judith is also a current volunteer with Fabyan Villa and Japanese Garden and CASA Kane County.

At the age of 16, Judith was introduced to pinhole photography, which began a lifelong love of all things photo. She came to digital photography long after it was in vogue, having enjoyed the challenges of the darkroom for many years. A chance reintroduction to cyanotype photography at college reinvigorated the love of kitchen-sink art processes of Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown that she is producing today. She has had her work in the Stivers Art Auction in Dayton, OH, and sold her work during the Grandview Art Hop, in Columbus, OH.

Judith joined the Board of Directors for the Geneva Foundation for the Arts in February of 2020.  She looks forward to working with the Board members and the Geneva community to establish a high-quality arts center with a broad variety of community cultural and artistic offerings. A center where all can come together to express themselves through the creative process.

Lynette Dubovik
Image and bio coming soon

Heidi Kinder

Heidi Kinder is a professional freelance artist, teacher and longtime resident of Geneva, IL.
Her practice centers around abstract art, portraiture of people and pets, and home and building renderings. After graduating from Geneva High School, she earned her B.S. in Fine Art from Illinois State University. She worked for the Geneva Park District, and the Geneva School District for many years, in addition to teaching classes at Water Street Studios in Batavia.  She has shown her work in many solo and group shows throughout the Fox Valley and beyond.
Heidi is a member of the Geneva Art Guild and joined Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in January 2020.

“Expressing our inner world and bravely sharing ourselves through art is its own reward.
Additionally, involvement in one’s community is vitally important, and building an art center where we can come together to interact, learn, and explore our creative sides as human beings is a very exciting thing to see just on the horizon.”

Her work can be viewed at www.heidikinder.com, and on all major social network platforms.

Brett Sanders

Brett Sanders joined Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in June 2020. He was born and raised in Geneva and graduated from Geneva Community High School in 1975.  Brett recently retired after working for 20 year as a Financial Analyst for Smithfield Foods in Lisle, Illinois. Prior to Smithfield, he worked as a banker with several local, community banks. He and his wife, Sue, also a lifelong Geneva resident, have been married since 1981. They have one daughter, Megan Snyder, who is married and lives with her husband Bob in Longmont Colorado.

Several years ago, in anticipation of his retirement and as a creative release, he decided to take up abstract painting. He was searching for a way to express his creativity and appreciation for art.  In fact, early in his life he wanted to be a painter. On a whim, he picked up some acrylic paints and small canvases on his way home from work one night. At first, his thought was to create a few pieces as a hobby, but once he started researching the great American abstract painters, he was hooked, and has been chasing an artistic dream ever since. He is driven to create and is inspired by the great painters of the Abstract Expressionist movement; painters such as Willem De Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline and Clifford Still, to name just a few. Examples of his past and current works can be viewed at his website www.brettsandersfineart.com.

Founding (past) Board Members:

Kent Gallagher
Earnest Mahaffey
Tim Vetang
Pat Engel
Trish Tkach
Carolyn Hill